Photo Credit: Nancy Lane
PAYING HOMAGE: Boston police officers salute as the names of their deceased comrades are read yesterday in Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan.
A three-volley salute was fired in honor of police officers who died in the past year yesterday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan.
Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross read the roll of 65 Boston police officers claimed by age, illness and personal struggles since last spring. Though the majority were retired, four who died in recent weeks were still on active duty, including Sgt. Detective Richard F. Clancy, 61, who lost his battle with ALS last month.
“This memorial will stand as a tribute to their service and sacrifice. You wore the uniform with pride,” Boston Police Relief Association president Detective James Coyne said at the annual outdoor Mass and commemorative service.
He told the gathered officers, “Regardless of what others may be reporting, your lives matter.”
Mayor Martin J. Walsh — who Coyne introduced as “a true supporter of those who wear blue” — thanked the families “for sharing your loved ones with us.”
He also paid homage to state trooper Thomas L. Clardy and Auburn officer Ronald Tarentino Jr., both killed this year in the line of duty.
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[Boston Mayor Walsh said] [. . . They spend their careers confronting dangerous situations and putting themselves in harms’s way. Our community is stronger thanks to all of them. God bless all the officers, past and present. God bless their spouses and children.”
Police Commissioner William B. Evans said, “It’s not any easy job. We work in a tough environment every day, but we’re still out there working as hard as we possibly can. I don’t think anyone does community policing as well as we do.”
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